Apertura 2016 Week 9 Preview: Saturday’s Games

liga mxToluca vs Chivas de Guadalajara – 5:00 PM – Univision Deportes
Toluca (9th) beat Puebla 0-2 last weekend to remain unbeaten in five. The Diablos Rojos are unbeaten in three at home, but they’re also winless there in two after a pair of draws. They’ll look to get back to winning ways in this one and they did earn a win in midweek, where they defeated Tijuana 2-1 in the Copa MX.

As for Chivas de Guadalajara (4th), el Rebano beat Jaguares 2-0 last weekend to give them back-to-back victories and keep them unbeaten in five. Chivas also has a two-game road winning streak going, which they will look to extend here. They were unbeaten in their midweek road game as well, where they earned a 2-2 draw with Jaguares de Chiapas in the Copa MX.

Querétaro vs Monterrey – 6:00 PM – Galavision
Querétaro (13th) fell 4-1 to Pumas UNAM last weekend to extend their losing streak to three games and their winless streak to five. The Gallos Blancos are also winless in two at home, although they will look to get back on track in front of their home fans in this one. Querétaro will be more rested than their opponent and they will try to take advantage of that to get back to winning ways. They will need to tighten up defensively in order for that to happen, though; the Gallos have allowed 11 goals this season.

As for Monterrey (8th), the Rayados drew 0-0 with Tijuana last weekend to remain unbeaten in two but winless in three. Monterrey is winless in two on the road as well and has been struggling for consistency as of late. However, they’ve been strong defensively this season, allowing one goal or fewer in every league game but one – an anomalous and embarrassing 5-3 loss to Pumas. They did lose in midweek, though, falling 2-1 to Árabe Unido to end their chances of advancing in the CONCACAF Champions League.

Tigres UANL vs Puebla – 8:00 PM – Univision Deportes
Tigres UANL (2nd) defeated Morelia 0-2 last weekend to remain unbeaten in the Apertura 2016 season. The universitarios are the only unbeaten team remaining, which is due in no small part to their strong defense, which has allowed just three goals this season. All three of those goals came at home, however, and Tigres will look to post a clean sheet in front of their home fans in this one.

As for Puebla (12th), the Poblanos fell 0-2 to Toluca last weekend to end their season-long home unbeaten streak. Puebla will now look to get back to winning ways on the road, where they have just one victory in four matches. However, Puebla has one of the better attacking records in the league and they will look to get past Tigres’ stingy defense in this one. They posted a win in midweek as they defeated Dorados de Sinaloa 0-1 in the Copa MX.

Atlas vs Necaxa – 8:00 PM – Azteca America
Atlas (11th) fell 4-1 to León last weekend to comprehensively end their three-game unbeaten streak. The Rojinegros are still unbeaten at home in the Estadio Jalisco, however, and they’ll look to get back to winning ways in front of their home fans here. Atlas has one of the poorer defensive records in the league, though, and last weekend’s loss will not have boosted their confidence at all in that regard.

As for Necaxa (10th), the Rayos beat Santos Laguna 2-1 last weekend to earn their first home win of the season and their second consecutive win overall. That victory lifted Necaxa out of last place in the relegation standings for the first time this season and they’ll look to remain there with another win in this one. After scoring struggles at the start of the season, the Rayos have now scored in five consecutive games and they’ll look to keep that streak going here.

Jaguares de Chiapas vs Cruz Azul – 8:00 PM – Galavision
Jaguares de Chivas (18th) fell 2-0 to Chivas last weekend to extend their losing streak to three games and their winless streak to five. Coach José Saturnino Cardozo left after the match, with Jaguares at the bottom of the table and slipping lower in the relegation standings as well, but he was then brought back after a discussion with the directors and players. They need to start winning, but they’ve been troubled by an anemic attack, with just four goals scored this season. They did score a pair in the Copa MX in midweek, although they weren’t able to win as they settled for a 2-2 draw with Chivas.

As for Cruz Azul (15th), La Máquina suffered an embarrassing 3-4 loss to América in the Clásico Joven, letting a three-goal lead turn into a late defeat. Cruz Azul will now look to erase the memories of that match with a statement win here. They’re unbeaten on the road this season, but they’re also winless there after playing out four consecutive draws. They’ll be without the suspended Aldo Leao here, but they’ll also be more rested than their opponent as they had no midweek commitment.

Pachuca vs Tijuana – 8:06 PM – NBC Universo
Pachuca (6th) fell 1-0 to Veracruz last weekend to extend their road losing streak to three games and keep them winless in three overall. The Tuzos are still unbeaten at home, however, with three wins and a draw, and they’ll look to get back to winning ways in this one. Pachuca is tied for the third-best attack in the league and they’ll look to get back on the scoresheet here after just one goal in their last two games. Their offense came to life in midweek, though, where they put a record-setting 11 past Police United FC in the CONCACAF Champions League.

As for Tijuana (1st), the Xolos drew 0-0 with Monterrey last weekend to remain unbeaten in six. Tijuana is facing a second consecutive road game here, but the Xolos are unbeaten in three on the road. They’ve been in first place since week four and they need a win here to ensure they’ll remain top of the table for a sixth consecutive week. They lost in midweek, though, falling 2-1 to Toluca in the Copa MX to end the Xolos’ participation in that competition.

América vs León – 10:00 PM – Univision Deportes
América (5th) had the comeback of the season last weekend, beating Cruz Azul 3-4 after having been 3-0 down at halftime. That victory kept the Águilas unbeaten on the road this season and they will now look to get back to winning ways at home, where they are winless in three. América has the best attacking record in the league with 16 goals, but they’re also tied for the worst defensive record, averaging nearly two goals against per game.

As for León (16th), La Fiera beat Atlas 4-1 last weekend for just their second win of the season. Their coaching change appears to have done them good, with León scoring more goals in their one game under Javier Torrente than in their previous seven under Luis Fernando Tena. They will now look to build on last week’s result when they go on the road, where they have a four-game losing streak.

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